Diane Coffee Gets The Band Together In ‘Everyday’ Video

Diane Coffee's Everybody's A Good Dog is out Sept. 4. (Courtesy of the artist)
Diane Coffee’s Everybody’s A Good Dog is out Sept. 4. (Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a little thing on Shaun Fleming’s new music video under his moniker Diane Coffee: “Everyday” from the upcoming Everybody’s A Good Dog. It’s a record that sounds a lot like the Technicolor record collection-pillaging rock of Foxygen, the band Fleming is best known for — and this fun video sorta nods at that with the glam rock moves.

Read that piece over at NPR Music’s All Songs Considered.

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First Listen: Son Lux, ‘Bones’

Son Lux's Bones is out June 23. (Courtesy of the artist)
Son Lux’s Bones is out June 23. (Courtesy of the artist)

Had the chance to write about one of my favorite artists, musicians — and now bands — Son Lux, a.k.a. Ryan Lott. Now a full band with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia, Son Lux has just put out another fantastic record, Bones, which I got to hear a preview of last week at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Spent a lot of time delving into the intricacies and themes of this album, for NPR Music’s First Listen series. Check that out here and go buy this record and see the band live!

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NPR Heavy Rotation: Elvis Depressedly, ‘New Alhambra’

Elvis Depressedly's latest album, New Alhambra, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
Elvis Depressedly’s latest album, New Alhambra, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

From time to time, I get to contribute to NPR Music’s series Heavy Rotation, which asks public radio stations across the country to talk about some of their favorite songs of the moment. Here’s another one I got to write, on Elvis Depressedly‘s song “New Alhambra” from his latest album of the same name. Check it out and other songs here.

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First Listen: Joanna Gruesome, ‘Peanut Butter’

Joanna Gruesome's new album, Peanut Butter, is out May 19. (Pat Graham/Courtesy of the artist)
Joanna Gruesome’s new album, Peanut Butter, is out May 19. (Pat Graham/Courtesy of the artist)

Got another opportunity to write about one of my favorite new bands, Joanna Gruesome, for NPR Music’s First Listen series. The new record, Peanut Butter, is sweet and abrasive and loud. It’s great.

First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, ‘Foil Deer’

Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, is out April 21. (Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)
Speedy Ortiz’s new album, Foil Deer, is out April 21. (Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a long essay about Speedy Ortiz’s fantastic new record, Foil Deer for NPR Music’s First Listen series.

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First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, ‘The Race For Space’

Public Service Broadcasting's new album, The Race For Space, comes out Feb. 23. (Courtesy of the artist)
Public Service Broadcasting’s new album, The Race For Space, comes out Feb. 23. (Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a long essay about Public Service Broadcasting’s ambitious space-themed concept album, The Race For Space for NPR Music’s First Listen series.

NPR Heavy Rotation: Courtney Barnett, ‘Pedestrian At Best’: Witty And All-Too-Uncomfortably Real

Courtney Barnett's new album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit', is out March 24 via Mom + Pop.
Courtney Barnett’s new album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’, is out March 24 via Mom + Pop. (Leslie Kirchhoff/Courtesy of the artist)

I wrote a short piece for NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation series on Courtney Barnett’s fantastically wordy new song “Pedestrian At Best” from her new album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. You can read that over here.

Below, you can read the fuller version.

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